Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burner and Ranking Member Mark Warner held a press conference earlier this afternoon on the Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
Historical Context for Today's Surveillance Debates: The 1945 Legal Memo on What Became Operation Shamrock
Section 702 is coming up for renewal later this year, and it is clear we'll be hearing a lot in that context about the impact of SIGINT collection activities on US person communications. When that topic comes up, inevitably there follows at least a brief reference to the Church Committee's exposure of Operation SHAMROCK and Operation MINARET. In light of all this--or perhaps just because I love archival finds--I'm writing this post to capture some 1940s history that helps us better understand those 1970s revelations--and how if at all they pertain to today's controversies.
The United Kingdom has formally begun the process of exiting the European Union, delivering notice of the country’s intent to withdraw to EU President Donald Tusk. Though Britain is currently scheduled to leave the EU by 2019, both parties face complicated negotiations with a wealth of potential pitfalls ahead. It remains unclear what form Britain’s eventual separation from the bloc will take and what the eventual relationship between the UK and EU will look like.
Turkey and Iran may have some shared interests in Syria now, but still have competing interests in the long run. U.S. policy will have to consider both regional powers.
The Trump administration has conspicuously—and surprisingly—complied with international law during its first months.
It’s official: as of today, the Government of the United Kingdom has notified the European Union of its departure.
Civilian Casualties Mount in U.S. Fight against Islamic State, U.S. Forces Launch Surprise Attack Near Mosul, and Mubarak Released after Years in Detention
Did changes to U.S. rules of engagement allow a deadly strike in Mosul? Is there an endgame for the upcoming battle for Raqqa? And the release of the biggest autocrat to fall in the Arab Spring is a symbolic defeat.
Counsel for Ali Hamza Suliman al Bahlul have filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court appealing the October 2016 ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of the District of Columbia.
Our interview is with Michael Daniel, former Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator at the White House and current President of the Cyber Threat Alliance. Plus, Wikileaks, forgetting passwords, end-to-end encryption, and GCHQ.
The New York Times tells us that President Donald Trump signed a much-anticipated executive order rolling back most of former President Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence.
A review of what we know about the Justice Department's letters to Sally Yates indicating its intent to invoke executive privilege to keep Yates from testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Messages Between U.S. Agencies and Foreign Governments Not Protected by FOIA Exemption 5, Sixth Circuit Rules
The Freedom of Information Act’s Exemption 5 does not shield communications between U.S. agencies and foreign government agencies, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held on Friday in Lucaj v. FBI.
The Islamic State (IS) is using “virtual entrepreneurs,” who employ social media to connect people in the West to larger extremist communities, encourage radical beliefs, and suggest violent or illegal actions against the non-believer.
Tonight—Hoover Book Soiree: Graeme Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State
A reminder that the next in our series of book soirees at the Hoover Institution will take place from 5-7 pm tonight, March 28, when Ben and Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom and Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution, will interview Graeme Wood on his new book, The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State.
This series of monthly book conversations about national security law and policy is sponsored by the Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology, and Law Working Group. The conversations take place at Hoover's offices at 1399 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 500, preceded by a reception with food and drink, then recorded for podcasting on Lawfare.
Space for the March 28 event is limited; RSVPs are required. Here is the invitation. We hope you will try to come.
Hoover Institution Event
We've released a new MIT report aimed at helping break the cycle of futility plaguing our efforts to protect critical infrastructure.
Our new Carnegie white paper proposes that countries explicitly commit to refraining from using offensive cyber tools that could undermine financial stability.
In Rare En Banc Session, Surveillance Court to Reconsider Whether ACLU Can Seek Release of Documents
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court will rehear en banc the ACLU's claim that it has standing to assert a First Amendment right to see FISC decisions upholding the government’s bulk data collection program.
A review of David Armitage, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (Alfred A. Knopf 2017).
On Friday, March 24th, Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins issued the following statement on the pretrial hearings completed over the past week in the 9/11 case.
The military commission takes on black sites, threat assessment rankings, and a government motion requesting for advance notice of the defense's intended use of appellate exhibits.